LAGOSâ€”To achieve Vision 20:2020, the government has been urged to tap from the huge economic potentials that abound in chemistry.
Making the appeal at the 19th general meeting and send-forth programme of former registrars of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, ICCON, Mrs. GladysÂ Eke, a former registrar, said for the country to meet up with other industrialised nations, the place of chemistry could not be overlooked.
Chemistry, she noted, remained a vital platform that propagates all sorts of things that makes life going and worthy ofÂ living.
She argued that other developed countries made it through chemistry andÂ because ICCON knew the importance of chemistry to the nation, it believed that Nigeria will also make it through chemistry.
According to her: â€œTalking about the Vision 20:2020, we are looking at Nigeria being among one of the top industrialised countries and what the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria is doing is putting in practice, the field of chemistry because every aspect of life is touched by chemistry which simply means that industries are set up with chemical knowledge for the betterment of human beings.
There is nothing that is not chemistry in all aspects of human beings.â€
At the event, Professor Abdullahi Zuru,Â ICCON President, commended the efforts ofÂ past leaders of the institute towards the betterment of the profession.
He described Eke as a lovable and hardworking woman who lived up to the expectation of the ministry.
Eke said although it is difficult to quantify the role of chemistry in making the country emerge as one of the top world economies, she said that when people realize that most of the things around them is made up of chemistry, it would be accorded the attention it deserves.
The Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) isÂ an arm of the Federal Ministry of Health charged statutorily with the responsibility of regulating the practice of Chemistry profession in Nigeria.